The wise developer uses an integrated development environment (IDE), and the web developer is by no means an exception. An IDE is a tool that allows you to work faster and more productively. Luckily for Java developers, there are a couple of superior IDEs that come at no cost. Eclipse EE and NetBeans are some of them. Both are excellent products but NetBeans is a one-stop shop, unlike Eclipse, which sometimes require you to install plug-ins. It is not surprising then that many beginners and seasoned programmers choose NetBeans as their main Java IDE. All examples in this book have also been developed using NetBeans.
This chapter shows you how to choose the suitable NetBeans bundle, install it and create your first ...